The Kid Detective
Adam Brody and Sophie Nelisse have signed on to star in Evan Morgan’s dramedy “The Kid Detective”. Brody, Jeff Sackman, Berry Meyerowitz, Mark Gingras, John Laing, and Gareth Morgan will executive produce and filming begins late September.
Brody will star as a once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, who continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Things change when a sixteen-year-old client (Nelisse) brings him his first ‘adult’ case: to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend. [Source: Variety]
Madam CJ Walker
Bill Bellamy (“Insecure,” “Comedy Def Jam”) has joined the cast of the Netflix four-part series “Madam CJ Walker” which follows the life of the titular black hair care pioneer and mogul with Octavia Spencer playing the role and executive producing alongside LeBron James. The series is based on A’Lelia Bundles’ novel “On Her Own Ground”.
Bellamy will play Sweetness, a smart, savvy numbers banker who gets inspired by Madam Walker’s success and angles for a way to get in good with her, by any means necessary. He joins other previously announced cast members Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris, and Kevin Carroll. [Source: Variety]
12 Mighty Orphans
Luke Wilson has been set to star in the Ty Roberts-directed drama “12 Mighty Orphans” adapted from the Jim Dent novel based on the true story of a group of Fort Worth orphans who vie for the state championship during the Great Depression. Mike De Luca will produce.
Wilson will play Coach Rusty Russell, a WWI vet with a troubled past he can trace to his mother leaving him in an orphanage. Looking for redemption by trying to turn around the fortune of other orphans, he accepts a job as the head football coach to a Texas orphanage/high school. [Source: Deadline]
Singer and actress Demi Lovato has joined the cast of Will Ferrell’s Netflix comedy feature “Eurovision” inspired by the real-life global singing competition. Dan Stevens and Pierce Brosnan co-star.
The story centers on aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit (Ferrell and Rachel McAdams) who land the opportunity of a lifetime to represent Iceland at the world’s biggest song competition. Lovato will play Katiana, one of the best and most angelic singers in all of Iceland. [Source: Vulture]
Stand-up comedian Theo Von is joining the cast of Chris Pratt-led sci-fi film “Ghost Draft” at Skydance. Yvonne Strahovski, Sam Richardson, J.K. Simmons and Betty Gilpin are also in talks to star in the film which will shoot this summer.
Chris McKay (“The LEGO Batman Movie”) helms the Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque-penned project about a man who is drafted to fight in a future war which forces him to confront his past. [Source: The Wrap]